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3/1/2017

3/1/2017

During their middle and high school years, Tennessee’s students will only take five required history courses and no required geography courses. But geography and geospatial technologies, more and more, have real-world and every-day applications. If we understand the importance of geography and are using it to plan for day-to-day challenges, why can’t the State Board of Education?

3/1/2017

Twenty days after the district ended 16 years of failed state control so local officials could create a working system, the state stepped in to decrease school locations. This is either a case of the governor forgetting that the state no longer runs Detroit's schools, or taking a thoughtful step back after threatened lawsuits and bad publicity. Hopefully, it is the latter.

3/1/2017

North Carolina Research and Education Network's MCNC announced that Davie County Schools and Rockingham County Schools have become the first registered constituents for K12 education in North Carolina to join the InCommon Steward Program. The program gives institutions the ability to use a secure local credential to safely access online educational resources.

3/1/2017

Chicago Public Schools upped the stakes of its legal challenge to state education funding, warning that the school year could end nearly three weeks early and summer school programs could be cut if the district doesn't get a quick and favorable ruling.

3/1/2017

The Montana House rejected a bill to allow Montana school personnel to carry concealed weapons on school property. Supporters of the measure said allowing school personnel to have guns would make schools safer but opponents noted that the vast majority of people calling and writing the Legislature about the bill are against it.

2/28/2017

2/28/2017

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that could vastly expand the use of public dollars for tuition at private schools. The state now pays public schools roughly $3,600 per student. This bill would allow families to take 90 percent of those dollars and use it for tuition at charter or private schools, for home schooling costs, and a variety of other education needs.

2/28/2017

Nebraska already allows teachers to use force in certain circumstances, including when they are being assaulted. But teachers report confusion about where, when and how they should use force. But a new proposed bill requires no new training in the appropriate use of force. Many districts provide such training to special education teachers. Should more teachers be trained?

2/28/2017

A new superintendent has been selected for the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. Nels Onstad, director of educator licensing for the Minnesota Department of Education, will replace Sherri Broderius, who is retiring after working 34 years for the Minnesota district.

2/28/2017

The new BluPears app will teach complex communication skills like listening, questioning, understanding and responding, through the use of poetry, prose, gamification and an artificial intelligence platform that continuously adapts to the learner's abilities.

2/28/2017

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has now set the public schools budget for next year at $1.685 billion, a 6.3 percent increase in state general funds. The governor's budget called for no increase in discretionary funds to school districts, instead freezing discretionary funds while adding a new $15 million line item to cover health insurance cost increases.

2/28/2017

Rewriting a funding formula is complex, confusing and very political. But possible. Ohio and Kansas, for instance, rolled up their sleeves and did it, tossing in extra for low-income districts to improve teacher-student ratios, hire extra teachers and social workers, and to staff longer school days.

2/28/2017

The Missouri school district's school board chose Yolanda Cargile, Hickman Mills C-1’s associate superintendent of school services. She will succeed current Superintendent Dennis Carpenter, who is leaving the district at the end of June to serve as superintendent in the Lee’s Summit School District.

2/28/2017

Chicago Public Schools will refund $15 million to schools hardest-hit by a recent spending freeze, a move that deepens the district's budget gap and blunts criticism that cuts disproportionately affected schools with mostly poor and minority students.

2/28/2017

The Milwaukee School Board voted to approve a districtwide school uniform policy beginning in the 2017-18 school year, with provisions for schools and individual families to opt out. The superintendent had sought the changes as part of a broader package of reform, saying uniforms foster a positive learning environment and that parents are increasingly requesting them.

2/28/2017

For many of California’s foster children, their school may be the most stable institution in their lives. Yet many of them face special challenges when it comes to attendance that other children don’t face. One of those challenges is the most basic one of all: It’s hard to get to school if you don’t have transportation to get you there.

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